Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE); Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

Nikolas K. Gvosdev is a senior fellow for the U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE) at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

He is also a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, the director of the Policy Analysis sub-course in the National Security Affairs Department, and the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in economic geography and national security.

Gvosdev was the editor of The National Interest and remains a senior editor at the magazine. In addition, he holds a non-residential senior fellowship at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a co-author of U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower (2015). He previously published Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors and Sectors (with Christopher Marsh) in 2013.

Gvosdev is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Russian and Eurasian affairs, and developments in the Middle East.

Featured Work

NOV 16, 2022 Podcast

Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe, with Ian Kershaw

Throughout the 20th century, European leaders from Stalin to Mussolini, from Gorbachev to Thatcher, and more, have shifted global narratives by sheer force of will. ...

NOV 9, 2022 Podcast

What's Next Post-Midterms for the Biden/Harris Administration? with Rational Security

In a crossover collaboration with the national security and foreign policy podcast "Rational Security," co-hosts Scott R. Anderson and Alan Z. Rozenshtein, both "Lawfare" senior ...

NOV 2, 2022 Podcast

The Young Leaders Transforming the 2022 Midterms, with Layla Zaidane

With less than a week to Election Day, Layla Zaidane, president and CEO of the Millennial Action Project, joins "Doorstep" co-hosts, Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana ...

OCT 26, 2022 Podcast

What You Need to Know About Global Supply Chains, with the AP's Joshua Goodman

The Associated Press' Joshua Goodman joins "Doorstep" co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin to discuss his latest reporting on the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee ...

President Biden at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in April 2021, with Secretary Kerry and Secretary Blinken. CREDIT: The White House/Public Domain.

OCT 21, 2022 Article

Biden's National Security Strategy & the Ethics of Statecraft

The Biden-Harris administration recently released its long-awaited National Security Strategy. In this article, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev discusses some of the ethical tensions and tradeoffs ...

OCT 5, 2022 Podcast

Is Elon Musk the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy? with Puck's Teddy Schleifer

With one tweet about the outlines of a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia, Elon Musk elicited a derisive response from Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, ...

SEP 14, 2022 Podcast

The Doorstep: The Global Water Crisis, with Susanne Schmeier

In two years, two-thirds of the world's population may face water shortages that will lead to crises of epic proportions from water refugees to potential ...

SEP 9, 2022 Podcast

Freezing Order: Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath, with Bill Browder

What will it take to stop Russia’s President Vladimir Putin? Few have seen his wrath as closely as American-born British financier Bill Browder, who ...

AUG 11, 2022 Podcast

The Doorstep: Changing Dynamics in West Asia, with Mohammed Soliman

How could the world change if the dynamism of India's rise is connected to the wealth and resources of the Gulf states and the technological ...

JUL 28, 2022 Podcast

The Doorstep: What is the Real Threat of Nuclear War? with Dr. Gary Samore

Brandeis University's Professor Gary Samore, joins Doorstep co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin to discuss how nuclear deterrence fosters restraint and caution, and the hope ...